The board of Atlético de Madrid issued a statement this Tuesday (20) on its website where it rejected the racist chants of its fans. This happened because at the end of the week, the Brazilian forward Vinícius Junior, from Real Madrid, was teased before the match.
However, in the week before the match, a TV presenter had already caused controversy by saying that the Brazilian was playing like a monkey, which caused a lot of backlash. The journalist also apologized and said that he had no intention of using a racist situation in the week to be played against Atlético de Madrid.
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However, on Sunday (17), the day of the traditional match against its main rival, Wanda Metropolitana, for the Spanish Championship, there were some instances of racism. Even outside the stadium, songs are being sung.
But with a free kick, the Brazilian lost his balance and scored one of the two goals in Merengues’ victory over Colchoneros. And, of course, he did the traditional dance.
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Atletico Madrid returned two days later
Now, two days after the match, the Atlético board has officially spoken about the actions. He even used the words ‘Europeans’ and ‘Pain’ to describe the case against the Brazilian player.
End the party in Civitas @Metropolitan.
— Atletico Madrid (@Atleti) September 18, 2022
Also, in the announcement, the Madrid club said that it has no jurisdiction to fight racism and xenophobia. After that, he also said that he cooperated as much as possible with the police authorities of the city, and tried to find the attackers.
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In the end, Atlético said that this racist minority does not represent the majority of colchonero fans. In addition, he said that he intends to expel these fans from the club Atlético de Madrid.
At the moment, Atlético de Madrid, led by the coach of Argentina, Diego Simeone, is only in seventh place in the table, with 7 points. Therefore, it has eight points less than its rivals Real Madrid, who have 18 points and 100% in competition.
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